Ends on December 31, 2018

£20.00 GBP


is a one-off major international award, to be judged by a large panel of many leading poets, critics and scholars. It will identify, celebrate and reward the poets and publishers of small, medium and large presses who have created the very best poetry collections in the English language in the past 18 years.

Shortlisted poets and their publisher will both receive £250 each, and an invitation to read at the gala awards ceremony in the UK, in London, in 2019.

The BEST BOOK OF THE 21ST CENTURY will be awarded £2,100, ADDITIONALLY.

ALL 21 winning books will be on display at the gala, and widely publicised at our award-winning blog, and via social media. Submissions close LAST DAY OF 2018.

The judges have been selected to represent all schools and styles of contemporary poetics, and hail from Australia, America, Canada, India, Ireland, and the UK. The full list of judges is listed below.

ALL SINGLE-AUTHOR POETRY COLLECTIONS, including pamphlets, PUBLISHED 2000-2018 are eligible; this includes all poetry collections, including self-published books (in which case the author would also win the publisher award). The publications must have appeared in physical form on paper, PRINTED in whatever format (i.e. from perfect bound, to loose sheets in a box).

Poets, their publishers, and members of the public who wish to submit (in other words, nominate) a book may do so. Publishers, poets, and the public are free to submit/nominate as many books as they wish. You may nominate your own work.

Once a book has been submitted, it will be publicly recorded (title, author and publisher listed) on a specially-designed website page within 2-4 weeks – duplications will be refunded. Each book will require one copy to be physically submitted within one month of submitting the name. All books are to be posted to the Eyewear postal address: Suite 333, 19-21 Crawford Street, London, UK, W1H 1PJ.

All shortlisted books will go to the judging panel. Judges will select what they consider the best book from the books they are given to judge. All other books will be donated to charity shops.

The sifting panel will consist of the Eyewear editorial board, in consultation with members of the final judges' panel.

The final judging panel and list of nominees can be found here: https://store.eyewearpublishing.com/pages/nominated-poets-for-the-21-best-printed-poetry-books-of-th...


* The panel of judges may change, without invalidating the competition, as the large pool of judges guarantees a degree of continuity.



• Submissions must be made via Eyewear Publishing Ltd’s Submittable page. The fee to submit each title is £20. This will help defray the cost of the prize.

• Books must be original work, by a single author, published in the English language in the years 2000 to 2018. There are no restrictions on style or subject matter. Eyewear staff encourage writers from diverse backgrounds, as well as indie and small press poets, to submit their work. SELECTEDS, COLLECTEDS and WORKS OF TRANSLATION will not be considered. POSTHUMOUS collections may be submitted.


All poets over the age of 18 from anywhere in the world are eligible.

Code of Ethics

• All entries will be screened by the Eyewear Publishing Ltd staff. 

• Given the large panel size, there are no limits on submissions relating to connections to a particular judge, since we will require each judge to recuse themselves from any decision involving a former or current student, friend, partner, family member, or close colleague.

• Authors’ works of poetry published by Eyewear Publishing Ltd are not eligible.

This prize is given in a spirit of open reflection and welcome, and acknowledges that prizes are by their very nature somewhat invidious - but the alternative - to not seek what appears most worth reading - in an age where the poetry book is always potentially at risk from competing forms of entertainment and media - seems more so.

Note: Eyewear Publishing Ltd reserves the right to cancel the prize due to unforeseen circumstances at any time, at which point, all monies and books submitted will be returned within 3 months.